Category: Asia

In Quest of Sunshine in the Land of the Rising Sun

Ever since the dreadful case of rape of a 23 year old girl in the capital of the biggest democracy in the world in 2012, the security and position of women in the global south are being discussed vividly, as the development of a nation in the contemporary times not only depends upon its economic power but also on its human development index. However, what is often ignored is that the local day to day traditions are the evidence of a woman’s position in a society as the same cannot improve overnight. This article makes an analysis of the position of women in one of the relatively dominant and better off Asian nations:Japan, and shows that economic empowerment is not often the measure of social conditions, specially when it comes to women. It is the social traditions, which define this crucial parameter and hence only a change in our thought process will help.

China and India: Leadership in Contrast

Democratic elections can throw up huge uncertainties in the form of powerful and charismatic leaders while autocratic systems sometimes provide remarkably stable and robust leadership during times of transition. We can see aspects of this paradox through the political leadership of the two Asian giants, India and China. In this age of widespread knowledge and expertise, political systems that entrust fate of billions of people on single leaders surely need to be questioned.

Lessons from the Ukraine Crisis (and why they will not be learned)

Conventional wisdom suggests that economic interdependence between the great powers reduces conflict. Whilst the general argument makes sense, recent Russian actions in Ukraine highlight how genuine economic interdependence is, much like nuclear weapons, hard to apply in a deterrent strategy. Dr. Simon Leitch, Alochonaa’s Editor in Chief for Foreign Policy and International Affairs, argues that, the rise of the economic interdependence between strategic rivals like Russia and NATO, or China and some of its neighbors, will complicate deterrent strategies, perhaps even to the advantage of the aggressor.

Change and Continuity in Indian Foreign Policy

Shafiqur Rahman states the exigencies of domestic politics are often the driving force for large democracies to change their foreign policy, with India being no exception. In recent decades, India’s foreign policy has dramatically changed since the new collation took power. Everything indicates that power will change in the ongoing Loksobha Election, but whether neighbouring Bangladesh will see any substantial change in policy from Delhi will depend on whether the new government finds change to be expedient.

China’s Growing Influence: The Role of its Soft Power

Global public opinion surveys continue to show that China is perceived fairly favorably by large swathes of the world’s populace, from the Asia-Pacific to Africa and Europe. China has garnered cooperation from a diverse group of states in areas such as trade, tourism, education and infrastructure development, and Chinese statesmen are sure to be given a warm welcome in almost any foreign capital. These developments are both causes and effects of Chinese soft power.